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Where in the North Bay
to find those hard to find birds

 
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Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots
A practical guide to birding in Sonoma County. Detailed maps, GPS data, species lists, and notes on sightings for more than 30 important county locations. Includes practical information such as restaurant recommendations and nearby non-birding activities. Maintained by photographer and birder Colin Talcroft.  

 

Click on one of the following species of birds (listed by alphabetical order by common name) to find information of where and when to see this species of bird in the North Bay region:

 
 
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Blue-winged Teal:

Shollenberger Park - where Blue-winged Teal can be found October into May, and are common November through March.

For information about Shollenberger Park and directions see Website:

   
 
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Clapper Rail:

Corte Madera Marsh - where Clapper Rail can be found October into May and are common November through March, and by my experience (the Webmaster) the tide will not matter so much for finding a Rail - but for quantity high tide is best (I have seen better than thrirteen Clapper Rails and a Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow (the photo can be seen above) when the tide as nearing seven feet.

The following are directions to the Corte Madera Marsh:

  1. From Highway 101 in Corte Madera take the Paradise/Tamalpais Rd Exit and go East towards the Bay.
  2. Go .3 Mile and GO STRAIGHT onto San Clemente Dr (do NOT follow the road around the left curve) this road will curve right in about 100 feet.
  3. Go .5 mile to the 2nd Traffic Light (Harbor Drive) and turn LEFT.
  4. Go .3 Mile to the END of Harbor Drive and park.
  5. You will see a trail that leads West away from the street to the next street West - follow this trail for about 35 yards and then follow the trail to the north until it dead ends (about another 30 yards) and turn right going towards the Bay. when the trail splits go straight towards the bay and look for the Rails in the Pickle Weed (look back occasionally for birds you may have missed) and keep an eye out for Rails swimming across the canal.
   
 
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Gulls (various Species):

Lucchesi Park - Several people have a difficult time identifying Gulls. Lucchesi Park allows one to get close to several species of Gulls so they can differentiate the field marks between a Glaucous-wing, Western, California, and Ring-billed Gulls, and if you are lucky you may even find a rare Gull like a Glaucous or Thayers Gull which have been reported there too.

For information about Lucchesi Park (number 19 on the map) and directions see Website:

   
 
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Laysan Albatross:

Point Arena (Mendocino County) - Although Point Arena is not located in the North Bay we thought it worth listing on this page, as it is only a two hour drive north from Bodega Bay. A Laysan Albatross has been coming to Point Arena since 1993, usually arriving in late October and departing in early April. This is a chance for people who do not want to venture on a pelagic trip in a boat to see a Laysan Albatross from the safety of land (or from a fishing pier).

For more informationa about Al the Albatross see Website:

   
 
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Pacific Golden Plover:

Shollenberger Park - where Pacific Golden Plover can be found September into March, where you may need to search through many Black-bellied Plovers to find a Pacific Golden Plover, but you may be rewarded for your efforts.

For information about Shollenberger Park and directions see Website:

   
 
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Snowy Plover:

Doran Park in Bodega Bay and Abbots Lagoon in the Point Reyes National Seashore

At Doran Park - After entering through the pay booth park at the first paved parking lot on the left and search for the Plovers in the sand on the ocean side of the park. At Abbots lagoon - take the mile plus hike to the beach and begin your search.

For information about Doran Park see Website:

For information about Abbots lagoon and directions see one of the following Websites:

   
 
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Sora:

Shollenberger Park - where Sora can be found year round foraging amongst the Bulrush, Cattails, and Pickleweed.

For information about Shollenberger Park and directions see Website:

   
 
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Tri-colored Blackbird:

Point Reyes Peninsula - September through March drive out towards the lighthouse and after passing the turn off to Drakes Beach look for Tri-colored Blackbirds at any of the Dairy Farms.

For informationa about Point Reyes and directions see Website:

   
 
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Virginia Rail:

Shollenberger Park - where Virginia Rail can be found year round foraging amongst the Bulrush, Cattails, and Pickleweed..

For information about Shollenberger Park and directions see Website:

   
 
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